RGC Friends and Family,
In all my years of ministry, I have never seen anything like what we are currently facing as a nation and church. When everything we are trusting in seems to have been suddenly pulled out from beneath us it is comforting to know that we are trusting in a loving sovereign God that is immoveable. Isaiah reminds us to, Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ (Isaiah 46:9-10). As the pastor of RGC, I feel the tension between wanting us to be that church that never forsakes the assembling of ourselves together and the church that is being called by our government to separate under the banner of social distancing. After much prayer and counsel, I believe this is one of those exceptional times when God would have us follow the governmental guidelines and regulations for your good and the good of our community. Therefore, the most loving thing we can do as a church is to postpone gathering for Lord’s Day worship for the next two weeks (March 22-29). We will evaluate where we are at that time. Lord willing, we can begin meeting again on Sunday, April 5th.
In the meantime, we will still meet for worship at 10:30 a.m. via live streaming over the Internet (Hebrews 10:24-25). This week has been a learning curve in how to get caught up on today’s technology. I, and a small crew of faithful servants, plan to go to our church building each Sunday, from where we will bring you and your family joyful hymns along with the preached word. Lord willing, we will pick up where we left off in Ephesians 4. We ask you to make worship as much a family priority as when you drove to the church building. We will leave the door open in case God brings visiting worshipers. We will send a weekly invitation to join with RGC live each Sunday on the RGC Facebook . You will also find a link to the live stream from our webpage. I believe this can be a great opportunity for God to expand the outreach of RGC. If you would personally promote and share our Facebook post to your friends, you can spread our ministry to friends and loved ones who might not ever visit our church.
I invite you to stay connected for the next two Sundays via live stream in your homes along with your family, friends, and neighbors as we continue to be encouraged and equipped from the Word of God.